June 2019 Newsletter

Protect Their Skin

With the rate of skin cancer on the rise, it is more important than ever before that we protect our children’s skin. Please send a hat with a wide brim and labeled skin protection cream for your child each day so that we can be outside enjoying the beautiful grounds and nice weather at this time of year.

Nutrition Program

With the help of government/agency grants and donations from community partners, we operate a daily healthy snack program. It is available each morning. We provide food from two food groups such as fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, oatmeal muffins, vegetables and dip. A special thank you to Ms Goetz for doing the shopping this year.

Milk Cards

Any students with credits left on their card at the end of June will carry over their credits to begin the new school year in September 2019. Grade 6 students will receive a refund unless they indicate that their credits are to go to a sibling who will be at the school next year.

Dance Club

Congratulations to our North Woods Dance team! They had a great time and a lot of fun at the Dance Competition on May 29th. Thank you to Ms Bell, Mrs. Murray and Ms Zorgdrager for giving the students this opportunity.

Track & Field

On Tuesday, June 4, 2019 students from Grades 3 to 6 will be involved in our Track and Field meet. Rain date is Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Regional Track and Field will take place Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at F.E. Madill, Wingham.

Report Cards

Report cards go home on Monday, June 24, 2019. Please sign and return the cut off section so that it can be included in your child’s permanent school records.


All books need to be returned to the library by the last day of school. Thank you! Ms Bell

Last Day of School– Thursday, June 27, 2019

This is just a reminder that Thursday, June 27, 2019 is the last day of school for this year.

Friday is a P.A. day.

School Year Calendar 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 school year commences Tuesday, September 3, 2019 with an instructional day and classes ending on Friday, June 26, 2020 with a professional development day. Winter Break commences Monday, December 23, 2019 and concludes Friday, January 3, 2020. Classes resume Monday, January 6, 2020. March Break commences on Monday, March 16, 2020 and concludes on Friday, March 20, 2020.The school year calendar includes the 10 allowed secondary examination days. Individual schools choose their examination schedule and communicate it to their school communities. Seven professional activity days are scheduled as follows:
Friday, September 13, 2019, Friday, November 8, 2019, Friday, December 6, 2019, Friday, January 31, 2020, Friday, May 1, 2020, Monday, June 8, 2020 and Friday, June 26, 2020.

School Property

Throughout the year children bring home numerous textbooks, library books, school shirts and other material related to their program. Often materials are inadvertently misplaced. These materials are very expensive. Frequently, parents find materials while housecleaning. Please check at home and return all items belonging to the school. We are very grateful to have these materials returned.

Safe Footwear for Everyone

Sandals, flip-flops and other kinds of open-toed shoes are popular but generally not appropriate for active play outdoors and for gym. There is danger of injury to toes and other unprotected or unsupported parts of the feet and ankles. Please check at home for appropriate outdoor running shoes. All children are required to have running shoes in order to participate in physical education classes.

North Woods Eco Club

“Thank you students, families and staff for an amazing Eco school year at North Woods! This has been a year of growth and hard work. Students from Kindergarten through grade six are becoming more conscious of their ecological footprint, encouraging one another to choose better options and sharing information with their families to make simple changes at home. We may not solve the global environmental crises, but our everyday choices will either contribute to the crises, or make a difference to lessen our impact on the Earth. Choices become habits, which then mold characters and create lifestyles. At North Woods, our everyday choices to refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle have helped create a cleaner and greener environment for our children to play and learn in. Thank you for your continued support of our programs and Eco School and we wish everyone a healthy, happy and green summer!”

Label Everything

Please label all of your child(ren)’s belongings, clothing, backpack, lunch pail and supplies.

School Supplies for September

If families are planning on purchasing school supplies over the summer please keep in mind that white out is not something our students will need. Pencils, erasers, rulers, pencil crayons, scissors, ear buds, markers, calculator (junior grades), lined paper are items that would be useful but not mandatory for your child to have in their pencil case.

Community News

Piano Lessons

Sign up for September! Kelly Byles. Certified Piano Teacher. 519-335-3696 jkbyles@gmail.com

June Brussels Library News

Together, a Junior Picture book by Emma Dodd is a wonderful celebration of the special bond between parent and child. Otter and baby Otter share their day, watching the sun rise and watching clouds go by. They play a bit and then dig clams. They agree “Today we had a perfect day, we held on to each other”. The pictures in this book are bright and colourful, with a silvery shine in the water. This is a gentle rhyming story that is easy to read out loud together. Recommended for JK-Gr 2. Bubble and Chalk Play, PA Day Event, Fri. June 7, 10am-12pm. For families. We’ll make bubbles and try different ways to launch them. We’ll also make sidewalk art. Registration is required.

Caregiver Connection, 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month, 2-3:30pm. An informal gathering for caretakers to meet, share refreshments and enjoy presentations on a wide range of topics.

Duct Tape Days, July 2-6 during Library hours, ages 8+. Start your summer holidays by making duct tape sandals. Registration is required.

EarlyOn Storytime, Fridays, 10-11:30am, Ages 0-6. Come out to play and learn with your child. There are toys, games, songs, stories and crafts.

Fair Crafts, Saturday Aug. 17 & 24, 10am-12pm, Age 3-11. Come to the Library and make a craft that will be entered in the Brussels Fall Fair.

Junior Trivia Contest during July, Ages 4-16. Answer a weird but true question and enter your ballot each time you use the Library. There is a prize draw at the end of the month.

Tween and Teen Colouring Scene During August, ages 10-16. Relax and sooth your soul with a “tricky” colouring page. Your name will be entered in a draw to win a prize.

Call the Library at 519-887-6448. Have a great summer!

Blyth Brussels Minor Hockey

Blyth Brussels Minor Hockey (BBMHA) Registration is underway if you have a child that is born 1999-2015 and is interested in playing hockey we are looking for you. Registration/ Fundraising night is June 4th from 7-8:30 in the Blyth Arena. For more information contact Diane Howson at Registration@blythbrusselsminorhockey.ca.
Brussels Community Bible Chapel invites you to: Free Vacation Bible School “One Way”- July 1-5th, 2019, 9:00-11:30 a.m., Ages 5-12 at old Brussels Public School (650 Alexander St., Brussels) No preregistration needed, can come any day. For more information call Janice Bell 519-887-8138.

Brussels Kid’s Corner

July 22-26, 2019. 1-3:30 pm Grade SK-8 at Brussels Mennonite Fellowship. Volunteers needed. Call Jill Sholdice for info 887-6836.

2019 Fun Pass

Celebrate the summer with savings when planning a trip to Ontario’s attractions with the 2019 Fun Pass.

The 2019 Fun Pass coupons provide free admission for up to two elementary school-aged children at 18 popular attractions when accompanied by a paying adult or senior. Parents can also save $5 on a daily parking permit at selected Ontario provincial parks. Simply bring a coupon to any participating attraction.

Watch for the 2019 Fun Pass booklet that will arrive with your kids’ report card in June, or visit Ontario.ca/funpass for more information about the program and to download the coupons.

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Free Yoga for all ages in Brussels

Rural Response for Healthy Children is pleased to offer Free All-Ages Yoga in Nature this summer, Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30 am June 26-Aug 28 at the Brussels Conservation Area (meet at the Pavillion). Drop-in, no registration required.
Everyone is welcome for this all ages series. Enjoy connecting with nature while practicing mindful movement and meditation. Facilitated by certified yoga instructor Jennifer Reaburn. Participation provides a connection to others in the community and an opportunity to access free physical activity to improve overall health and well-being. Free healthy snacks and group social time to follow each session.Funded by Government of Ontario.

Rise 2 Fame Youth Talent Search Steal the Show!

Rise 2 Fame Youth Talent Search Steal the Show! Feel the applause of a live audience! Sing or dance, play an instrument, perform magic. Sunday, July 21, 2019, 1pm Tent beside the Ag. Hall, Ages 6 to 12 and 13 to 21.This competition is open to all youth who like to sing, dance and play instruments. Bands, soloists, performers of all types are welcome. Acts can be by individuals or groups. Winners from the Listowel Fair Preliminary competition will compete at the London Western Fair in September 2019.
Listowel Fair Rise 2 Fame Co-ordinator: Lee Anne Andriessen, Phone 519-291-3105 Committee: Alan Cleland, Cheryl Cleland, Georgina Johnston, Nancy Schildroth. All entries must be submitted online  or by contacting Lee Anne Andriessen. Entries are due by July 16, 2019. New this year! Prize money will be awarded to the top 3 winner(s) of the Junior category and the Youth category! 1st $100 2nd $75 3rd $50 If there are multiple participants in an act, the prize money will be awarded to the group as a whole, rather than individually.

Are you ready for summer? Get ready for the 2019 TD Summer Reading Club!

The TD Summer Reading Club is back this summer at all twelve Huron County library branches! The reading program runs for eight weeks throughout the summer starting on Tuesday, July 2nd and running until Friday, August 23rd. This program is offered to students between the ages of 4 and 12; however older students are welcome to volunteer with the program. The main goal of this program is to increase the level of interest in reading for children over the summer. We have planned creative crafts, goofy games, and of course superb stories to engage children of all backgrounds and interests! We will provide stories, crafts, games, and songs for participants based on the weekly theme. You can get more information or register for the TD Summer Reading Club by calling or visiting your local library branch.

A summer of exploration and fun awaits you at the Huron County library!

Free Multicultural Festival
Goderich Courthouse Square,
Sunday, June 23rd, 12 – 7 p.m.

Holly Jolly BBQ

In support of Kids Help Phone, Sunday, June 23rd 12pm- 4pm, Listowel Memorial Park. Adults $5 Kids $10 hotdog and burger/ticket. Water balloon toss, colouring contests, 3 legged race, inflatable obstacle course, making candy apples…. and many more activities. Many prizes to be won!
Plus: Meet our real-life superheroes, tour their firetruck and pose for photos.